List of open-source health software

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The following is a list of notable software packages and applications licensed under an open-source license or in the public domain for use in the health care industry.


Public health and biosurveillance

Electronic records and medical practice management

Name Maintainer License Programming language/
Software stack
Operating System FeaturesTarget setting
EHR/EMR HIS? Practice management?Clinical EngineeringOther
ClearHealth ClearHealth Inc. [4] GNU GPL [4] PHP, JavaScript [5] ?EMR?Scheduling & billing HIPAA security
ERPNext Frappe Technologies GNU GPL [6] Python; JavaScript ?EMRYesYes
GaiaEHR ? GNU GPL [7] PHP & Ext JS ?EHR??
GNUmed GNUmed GNU GPL [8] Python (wxPython); PostgreSQL [8] Cross-platform [8] Yes [8] No?
GNU Health GNU Health (GNU Project) GNU GPL [9] Python; PostgreSQL Cross-platform EMR [9] Yes [9] Yes [9]
Hospital OS ? GNU GPL [10] Java [10] Linux & Windows [10] ?Yes?Small Thai hospitals [10]
HOSxP ? Public domain [11] Delphi/Kylix [11] Windows [11] EHRYes [11] Financial [11] Thai hospitals [11]
MedinTux MedinTux team [12] CeCILL [12] C++ [13] Cross-platform [14] ??Yes Modular design; web [15] & desktop interfaces French hospital emergency departments & smaller practices
OpenEMR ? GNU GPL [16] PHP, JavaScript; MySQL [17] Cross-platform [16] Yes [16] ?Yes [16] Patient portal & prescriptions [16]
Open Dental Open Dental Software [18] GNU GPL [18] ??Dental recordNoYes Dentistry
OpenHospital Informatici Senza Frontiere [19] GNU GPL [19] Java [19] Cross-platform [19] EMRYesYesSmall rural hospitals
OpenMRS OpenMRS Inc. [20] MPL with Healthcare Disclaimer [20] Java, JavaScript Cross-platform EMR??Extensible & scalable
OSCAR McMaster ? GNU GPL [21] Java ?EMR [21] ?Billing Web interface; PHR [21] Canadian healthcare providers
Spinnaker Dental IT Ltd [22] GNU GPL [22] ??Dental record?Yes Open Dental fork [23] UK dental practices [23]
THIRRA ? MPL [24] PHP5 (CodeIgniter), JavaScript (jQuery); [24] PostgreSQL ?EHR [24] ?? Disease surveillance; [24] web interface Ambulatory care & public health [24]
VistA US Department of Veterans Affairs Free [25] MUMPS ?EHR?? Veterans Health Administration facilities
ZEPRS Zcore Research Triangle Institute [26] Apache [26] Java [26] ?Yes?? Web interface

Health system management

Disease management


Medical information systems


Mobile devices [55]

Out-of-the-box distributions

Interoperability [59]


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<span class="mw-page-title-main">OsiriX</span>

OsiriX is an image processing application for the Apple MacOS operating system dedicated to DICOM images produced by equipment. OsiriX is complementary to existing viewers, in particular to nuclear medicine viewers. It can also read many other file formats: TIFF, JPEG, PDF, AVI, MPEG and QuickTime. It is fully compliant with the DICOM standard for image communication and image file formats. OsiriX is able to receive images transferred by DICOM communication protocol from any PACS or medical imaging modality.

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">VTK</span>

The Visualization Toolkit (VTK) is an open-source software system for 3D computer graphics, image processing and scientific visualization.

ITK is a cross-platform, open-source application development framework widely used for the development of image segmentation and image registration programs. Segmentation is the process of identifying and classifying data found in a digitally sampled representation. Typically the sampled representation is an image acquired from such medical instrumentation as CT or MRI scanners. Registration is the task of aligning or developing correspondences between data. For example, in the medical environment, a CT scan may be aligned with an MRI scan in order to combine the information contained in both.

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">3D Slicer</span> Image analysis and scientific visualization software

3D Slicer (Slicer) is a free and open source software package for image analysis and scientific visualization. Slicer is used in a variety of medical applications, including autism, multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, prostate cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, schizophrenia, orthopedic biomechanics, COPD, cardiovascular disease and neurosurgery.

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Grassroots DICOM or GDCM, is a cross-platform library written in C++ for DICOM medical files. It is automatically wrapped to Python/C#/Java & PHP. It supports RAW, JPEG (lossy/lossless), J2K, JPEG-LS, RLE and deflated. It also comes with DICOM Part 3,6 & 7 of the standard as XML files. It can be used to build a JPIP or WADO server.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">MeVisLab</span>

MeVisLab is a cross-platform application framework for medical image processing and scientific visualization. It includes advanced algorithms for image registration, segmentation, and quantitative morphological and functional image analysis. An IDE for graphical programming and rapid user interface prototyping is available.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Open-core model</span> Business model monetizing commercial open-source software

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Orthanc is a standalone DICOM server. It is designed to improve the DICOM flows in hospitals and to support research about the automated analysis of medical images. Orthanc lets its users focus on the content of the DICOM files, hiding the complexity of the DICOM format and of the DICOM protocol. It is licensed under the GPLv3.

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